Kitchen composting returns valuable nutrients back to the garden and reduces garbage. Save organic vegetarian food scraps. Make a compost that is exposed to microbes, food, air, and water so that the material can decompose into a rich fertilizer. There are three types of ingredients needed for a good compost pile:
- Dry filler material such as wood chips or grass hay to help aerate.
- Nitrogen rich materials to encourage microbial growth such as coffee grounds, grass clippings, or fruit and vegetable waste.
- Hardy raw materials like leaves and plant trimmings to add bulk to the compost.
Set up a bin or buy a compost container. Stir the ingredients a few times a week. DO NOT add pet waste, meat, bones or other fats to a compost pile. Do add water if it gets too dry. Spread the finished compost over plant soil in the spring.
By: Kathy Sadowski